On October 10 a group of Big South Fork Master Gardeners and Grow Appalachia participants traveled to Clinton and Cumberland County Kentucky for a field day event chock full of demonstrations and mini workshops.
We began our day at Cravens Greenhouse just outside of Albany, Kentucky with a group photo. After which we went to watch them make sorghum. While we sampled some sorghum and biscuits, we learned the process of pressing it, boiling it down, and finally how they test to see if it is at the proper thickness to be jarred up for Sale.
Bee Keeping was another workshop they had for us. Several local bee keepers were on hand demonstrating all the parts to a bee hive, how to maintain the hive and care for the bees.
After the presentation on bees we went to see Clinton County’s high tunnel operation.
After the high tunnels we all piled back in our cars and headed to Cumberland County for the second half of the field day. At Cumberland County was a demonstration on planting and caring for blueberry bushes. Cumberland County Master Gardeners had on display their raised bed gardens, several tents with a whole host of plants and bulbs for sale.
Other demonstrations for us while we were there included black powder firearms, a quilt show, and homemade pumpkin ice cream for us to sample. We ended the evening with a BBQ dinner were we discussed all the ideas that we could use in our home gardens and in our Master Gardener program.